Voting: it matters.

We had primary elections yesterday; none of my major candidates won (or even came close), though the incumbent governor almost got beat in the primary by a whack-job.

So, now it is the “battle of the unqualified billionaires” for governor.

But of local interest, there was this referendum on the ballot: should Peoria County make “auditor” a professional, non-political position (one that is appointed). I voted “yes” to make the auditor to be a professional, appointed job rather than an elected one. More than 22,000 people voted and “no” won by 14 votes.

14 votes!

Workout notes:

weights (usual pt), pull ups (5-5-5, 5-5-5, 10, 10) decline press: 10 x 135, 10 x 165, incline press 4 x 155, 10 x 135, military (standing: 10 x 50, 10 x 45), seated: 15 x 50, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 (single arm) with dumbbell, 10 x 110 machine.

abs: twist crunch (50, 24), yoga leg lifts (10, 10), moving bridge (3 sets of 10), headstand (tough to get into), plank 2:20, side plank

run: treadmill: 5.1-5.4 5 minute froggy, then 6.1 then 6.2-6.5 every .25 miles (31:58), 32:55 for 5k, 45:25 4 mile (walk final .9 miles).

foot: ok, iced.


March 21, 2018 Posted by | Peoria, Peoria/local, politics, politics/social, running, weight training | , , | Leave a comment


Workout: weights and 10 miles of cycling (34:30; stationary)

usual pt, pull ups (5 sets of 10)
bench: 10 x 135, 4 x 185, 8 x 170
decline: 8 x 165
incline: 10 x 135
military: 10 x 50 standing, 15 x 50 seated, supported, 10 x 45 standing
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 single arm, 10 x 110 machine
abs: twist crunch (50, 24), moving bridge (3 sets of 10), yoga leg lifts, (2 sets of 10), headstand
plank: side, 2:15 front
then the bike. Later: yoga with Ms. Vickie

I do have a tug in my right lower hamstring that I feel in triangle pose.

Other stuff: I admit that I am having trouble keeping up with Trump’s antics. That is really too bad.

I have no clue as to how tomorrow’s primary elections will go in Illinois; the suspense might be in the Democratic governor’s and attorney general races.

March 20, 2018 Posted by | bicycling, Illinois, weight training | Leave a comment

To Cleveland…

I’ll post a few photos later. But yesterday we drove to Cleveland for a short visit.

Yesterday: weighed just under 199 prior to my workout: weights only; 5 sets of 10 pull ups (ok), bench press: 10 x 135, 4 x 185, decline 8 x 165, incline 10 x 140, military: 10 x 50 standing, 15 x 50 seated, supported, 10 x 45, rows; 3 sets of 10 x 50.
abs: twist crunch 50, 24, moving bridge (3 sets of 10), yoga leg lifts (2 sets of 10), headstand, plank (2:15), side plank.
usual pt.

Today: 3.11 miles on the treadmill: 33:54; 32:53 at 3. Lady helped me see the power strip was not turned on…foot felt ok.

Oh heck, here are Instagram photos:


Outside of the city aquarium

Exhibits 1
Exhibits 2
Exhibits 3 (they let us reach into the stingray pond.
Italian food afterward

March 16, 2018 Posted by | family, running, travel, weight training | Leave a comment

“College” basketball?

Hmm, at the very top levels, is it really “college” basketball? Even some of the “perfectly legal” practices are really not what college athletics are supposed to be about.

Certainly, my opinion carries no weight (nor should it). But..since you are reading this, I’d like to see basketball go the way of baseball: let the NBA set up some sort of A-AA-AAA farm system with pro coaches so those who don’t care about academics but want to pursue their dream (and have enough talent to have at least a remote shot at it) can focus, and let the colleges work with student athletes, say the way that my team does. And when the NBA thinks a kid is ready, they can call him up the way MLB teams do. The college kids can still leave but at least this intentional “one and done” farce will be over.

And yes, Bradley’s season is over. I can’t say that I blame BU for turning down the “EIEIO” tournaments. Taking a look at the games: let’s just say that an ordinary MVC conference game has more appeal than those games (that wasn’t always the case). The issue: the NIT now guarantees a slot to every team that wins a regular season conference championship but doesn’t get to the NCAA tournament. So some of the stronger mid major teams in leagues where the regular season champion won their conference tournament get shut out.

This shows a list of who is going where.

Workout notes: spring break. weight: 198.7 before workout (no clothes), 201.3 with shoes. This was after breakfast and coffee. I am still weak and the heel is not 100 percent; slight “burn” during the run..but slight.

rotator cuff
pull ups (5 sets of 10)
bench press: weak. 10 x 135, 1 x 185 (empty gym), 8 x 170
decline press: 4 x 165, readjust, 4 x 165 (empty gym)
incline press: 10 x 135
military: 10 x 50 standing, 15 x 50 seated, supported, 10 x 45
single armed rows: 10 x 50 (3 sets)
abs: 50, 24 twist crunch, moving bridge, 10 yoga leg lifts (2 sets), head stand (easy today)
plank: 2:15 (made it!), side plank

treadmill run: 22:57 for 2 miles; talked myself out of going longer. Better to be conservative now.

Not 100 percent yet, either on the heel or from last week’s illness.

March 12, 2018 Posted by | basketball, running, weight training | , , , | Leave a comment

This funk is becoming normal…

I have been in just a weird mood. Some of it is related to my personal life (no worries..”First World Issues”) but some of it, I think is about our country’s social situation.

I’ve heard about polarization and yes, there were times when this country was even more polarized (think: civil rights era, Civil War). But get a load of this:

Yes, one current wrestling “villain” (aka “heel”) is the outspoken liberal!

And yes, if you listen to the comments, it is “those libs” who try to tell us “how to live our lives”…which I suppose means that they want to teach creationism in their public schools, discriminate against gays under the law (yes, there is fine line between “freedom of private association” and what a public business is permitted to do), etc.

And those who ARE of liberal mind who have the means often leave such places to go where they fit better:

We’ve talked to death the fact that America’s rural areas have been emptying out and filling up the big urban areas across the country. Within those urban areas, liberals are not well represented in the suburbs in most cases; voters there tend to be older, married, white homeowners of a distinctly reactionary bent. In other words, the author is right that there is little organized liberal presence in a lot of these places…because most of the liberals are gone.

Where, then, are these liberal ground-up organizations supposed to come from? As the second quote reveals, Democratic campaigns have a kind of “surge and recede” dynamic; they fan out across the country for election years and then pack up and return to California and the East Coast until the next election. That’s ineffective. The problem is that there’s a reason all of those people live in California, New York, Boston, and DC – they’re probably from the Muncies and Rockfords of the world and they got out the second they could. Going back simply reminds them of why they left.

Not to make the author personally responsible for solving this problem, but there must be some reason she’s at Harvard. Certainly University of Illinois would be equally happy to have her. Oh, right, I forgot: central Illinois sucks. That’s why she’s not there.

Who’s left on the liberal side of the spectrum in these unorganized places where the Democratic presence has atrophied? You’ve got younger people who are itching to get out and generally do so at the earliest opportunity. Then you have the 30-55 aged liberals who are living in a sea of red for job-related or personal reasons. Most of them are pretty tired of showing up to school board meetings in Keokuk, being outnumbered 25 to 1 and ostracized for suggesting that maybe the Bible isn’t a science textbook. If you’ve never had the experience of being in a small town and being one of a small percentage of educated liberals, you very well might believe that it’s possible to rally these people into action. But if you’ve had that experience, you’re probably not eager for more of it.

And while I find the company of *some* conservatives to be pleasant, they tend to be conservatives of a certain type. They can read a graph, know basic terminology and can rebut my argument with facts and reason (or at least attempt to 🙂 ); they “play by the same rules”.

So..enjoyable, fruitful dialogue is difficult to come by and more and more, I am keeping opinions to myself

And some on the left are downright shameful. (I say *some*)

I still believe that these are an ignorant, misguided minority. How dare THEY tell me what I am allowed to hear!

And yes, I know, not everyone is entitled to a platform, and people have the right to make the case to “not choose this speaker”. But once they have the proper invitation, those who WANT to listen to what the speaker has to say should be allowed to. And yes, this means even, say, a Bible club creationist speaker.

Anyway, the current situation depresses me.

On a positive note

The heel is continuing to heal (pun not intended). After weights, I had a treadmill walk and the pain was, well, just enough to be noticeable at times. In most times, I wouldn’t notice or think about it much.

weights: usual PT, pull ups (2 sets of 5-5-5, 2 sets of 10), decline presses (10 x 135, 10 x 165), incline presses (5 x 155, 10 x 140), military presses: 2 sets of 10 x 50 dumbbell standing, 15 x 50 seated, supported, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 single arm, goblet squats: 10 x 50, 50, 60 (to the bench).

Abs: 50, 24 twist crunches, 2 sets of 10 yoga leg lifts, 3 sets of 10 moving bridge, 30 seconds of boat, head stand (decent), 2:15 plank (tough final 15 seconds) side planks.

Walk: started out slowly (3.5 mph), moved pace up gradually, finished 3 miles in 44:09, 5K in 45:30. Varied incline from 0.5 to 3, 0 to 4 then 4 back down to 2, then 0.5. The heel felt the best at about 3.9 mph, and at 2.0 incline. (strange that it likes a slight incline better than flat).

This IS encouraging.

March 7, 2018 Posted by | Personal Issues, politics, politics/social, social/political, walking, weight training | , | Leave a comment

Onward, ever onward

I had more energy than expected this morning.

usual PT, pull ups (5 sets of 10..easier than expected)
bench press: so-so: 10 x 135, 5 x 185, 6 x 175, decline: 10 x 160, incline: 10 x 135
goblet squats: 10 x 45, 10 x 45, 10 x 50, 10 x 60 (latter two: “to the bench”)
military: 10 x 50 standing, 15 x 50 seated, supported, 10 x 45
rows (single arm) 10 x 50, 10 x 50, 10 x 60
abs: twist crunch (50, 24), yoga leg lifts (2 sets of 10), moving bridge (rest), boat (30 seconds), headstand
plank: 2:15 (not that bad), side planks
AMT: 2 miles (easy..23:xx)

That’s enough for today.

Heel: not 100 percent but I am starting to forget about it more and more.

March 5, 2018 Posted by | weight training | , | Leave a comment

sunny day but..

Well, the snowflakes across the alley have started a loud party since about 8:30 am..??? Well, they had better be done by bed time or I’ll call the police on them. 🙂

I did get to the Riverplex a bit late so I chose to lift, cycle and walk (very sunny..though the water covered about half of the goose loop.)

weights: pt for rotator cuff, 5 sets of 10 pull ups, 10 x 135, 4 x 185, 7 x 170 bench, 7 x 160 decline, 10 x 135 incline, military: 10 x 50 standing, 2 sets of 10 x 45 (dumbbell), 3 sets of 10 x 50 rows.

Good news: there were three bespandexed women doing squat/butt exercises. That was at least entertaining. 🙂

Then to the cycle: 20 miles in 1:02:55 (32:25 for first 10). Sunny day so 5K or so of walking on the bike path. Pain: mild ..though when I stepped out of the bathtub “bad foot first”..EYOOOOW!!! It is not healed yet.

Now to the ISU vs. Bradley women’s game.

March 3, 2018 Posted by | bicycling, walking, weight training | , | Leave a comment


I may have overdone it yesterday; the heel was achier than it had been over the past 3-4 days. BUT…the heel tends to like my “house shoes” which cup the heel. So maybe it is time to try a heel cup?

Weights: kind of low energy today. Note: I don’t start sweating heavily until I squat..hmm…

usual pt, pull ups (5 sets of 10: ok)
bench: 10 x 135, 5 x 185, 8 x 175 (subpar)
decline: 2 x 175, 10 x 155
incline: 10 x 135
military: 10 x 50 standing, 10 x 45 standing, 10 x 180 machine
rows: 2 sets of 10 x 50, 10 x 60
squats: 10 x 45, 2 sets of 10 x 50 to the bench
abs: twist crunches (50, 24), yoga leg lifts (2 sets), moving bridge (2 sets) boat (30 seconds) plank (2 minutes), side planks,
headstand: went up easy today (?)

bike: 10 miles (34:30 or thereabouts..started slowly and increased to level 8)

February 26, 2018 Posted by | bicycling, weight training | , | Leave a comment

Looking up?

I can tell that I am feeling better. Someone asked me to let them take a photo of the equipment I was using…and I said “yes” while…smiling. I MUST be feeling better, finally.

Note: my heel continues to set time table to return to training though.

Workout notes: usual PT, pull ups (5 sets of 10), bench press: 10 x 135, 7 x 185, decline press: 10 x 150, incline press: 10 x 145
military: 2 sets of 10 x 50 standing, 10 x 180 (90 each arm) seated (machine), rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 dumbbell (single arm), goblet squats: 2 sets of 10 x 45, 2 sets of 10 x 50 (to the bench)
headstand (slightly unsteady at first), twist crunch: 50, (25 each side), moving bridge, 10 yoga leg lifts, 30 seconds “boat” pose, 2 minute front plank (“hover”), side planks.

Then 2 mile walk 29:26 (inner lane, with extra length); 14:20 second mile. Note: very minor pain/stiffness…much, much, much better than a week ago. I did get some arch cramping toward the end, but this was without orthotics (Brooks Beasts sans orthotics) And I hit those eccentric heel raises again.

My mood is good.

February 23, 2018 Posted by | walking, weight training | , | Leave a comment

incremental progress

I spent much of last night writing up some notes; you can read those here. They are very technical.

I am trying to work through a heel injury and it isn’t ready for training yet; it starts to tire at 7-8 minutes into a walking/running workout. So I stopped walking at one mile (15 minutes) and did 2 more miles on the elliptical trainer.

Before that: weights: usual PT, (a burn on the heel raises), pull ups (5 sets of 10), decline press: 10 x 135…felt strange.
incline presses: 10 x 135, 5 x 155 (not good), 10 x 140 (ok). military: 2 sets of 10 x 50 dumbbell (standing), 15 x 50 (seated, supported), rows: 3 sets of 10 with 50 dumbbells.

abs: usual (moving bridge, twist crunch (50, 24), leg lifts (10, 10), plank (2 min; easier), side planks.
squats: 2 sets of 10 x 45, 10 x 62 to the window sill.

Getting to the gym was a minor challenge; my neighborhood streets were coated with ice (though reports were that the main streets were fine).

February 21, 2018 Posted by | walking, weight training | , , | Leave a comment